Pregnancy Support Products for a More Comfortable Pregnancy
By the third trimester of pregnancy, things can get really uncomfortable. You can’t sleep. Your back aches. Walking hurts because of your swollen ankles and the weight you’re carrying. Even simple things like driving your car become more difficult when the seatbelt starts to cut into your belly. Does any of this sound familiar? Luckily, there a quite a few pregnancy support products on the market. In this post, we’ll look at some of the products. We asked our readers to share the pregnancy support products they couldn’t live without in the most uncomfortable stages of pregnancy. Today, we bring you the top five.
Pregnancy Support Belt:
A maternity support girdle is ideal if you’re suffering from lower back pain during the third trimester. A pregnancy backache is generally caused by the ungainly weight you’re carrying around on your front and the maternity belt offers extra support and helps to take the weight off. The best pregnancy support bands incorporate both lumbar and abdominal support.
Recommended by: Belinda H.
“I kept working until I delivered and wore the pregnancy support belt every day. It made a huge difference to my backache and made walking around much easier. I was carrying really low and the belt definitely gave me the support I needed.”
Belinda used the NeoTech Care Maternity Support Brace.
Seatbelt adjusters are designed to make things more comfortable for expectant moms and protect the unborn child in the event of heavy braking or a traffic accident. They simply attach to the existing seatbelt and hold it below the belly, preventing it from riding up over your baby bump.
Recommended by: Karen C.
“In the eighth month of my pregnancy (with twins!) driving, or even riding in the car became unbearable. The seatbelt really cut into my belly and I was worried I would harm the baby every time I braked. My sister in law bought me the seatbelt adjuster and it made a huge difference. I felt more comfortable and the twins were much safer.”
Karen used the Dreambaby Bump Belt.
A pregnancy wedge is perfect if you’re finding it hard to get comfortable at bedtime. Pregnancy insomnia and restlessness are common symptoms of the second and third trimesters and, if you can’t get comfortable, it’s even worse. The maternity wedge pillow can be used in several ways. Women who were stomach sleepers pre-pregnancy often find it adds stability when placed beneath the belly. It can also be used beneath the hips for joint pain or support the lower back if you’re suffering from a pregnancy backache.
Recommended by: Svetlana P.
“I could not get more than an hour’s sleep at a time from about month 7 of pregnancy on. Then I bought the Boppy Maternity Wedge. When I slept on my side with it tucked beneath my belly, it gave me the extra stability I needed to get a good night’s sleep.”
Svetlana used the Boppy Maternity Wedge.
Pregnancy Body Pillow:
Body pillows provide whole body support and comfort when you’re suffering from pregnancy pains and can’t sleep. They take up a bit more space than the pregnancy wedge and some women find the whole body pregnancy pillow takes up too much space or gets too hot in summer. But the beauty of the maternity pillow is that you can mold it to a shape that’s comfortable for you and support several areas at once. Excellent for if you’ve got hip pain, backache, and an uncomfortable belly all at the same time.
Recommended by: Amy J.
“My body pillow is kind of like sleeping on a cloud and I love it! I’m currently pregnant with my first child and have had really painful sciatica. The pain starts in my lower back, radiates through my hips, and then seems to shoot down my leg. So I have the pillow tucked beneath my left hip and between my knees. It has allowed me to sleep at night without the constant shooting pains.
Amy uses the PharMeDoc Total Body Pregnancy Pillow.
Pregnancy Compression Socks:
Pregnancy compression socks can be really effective if you’re suffering from swelling in your feet and ankles (pregnancy edema), leg cramps, or varicose veins during pregnancy. The compression socks can help to boost circulation and prevent swelling, muscle pain, and the pooling of blood in your legs, making all of those symptoms a lot more comfortable.
Recommended by: Jan C.
“My midwife recommended I try pregnancy compression socks because the swelling in my feet and ankles was making walking uncomfortable in my final month of pregnancy. They’ve made a really big difference to my comfort level and also to my energy. I would never have thought a pair of socks could make so much difference!”
Jan uses pregnancy compression socks by BeVisable Sports
Do you Have a Suggestion for Pregnancy Comfort?
If you’ve got a maternity support product or strategy that made your pregnancy more bearable, our readers would love to hear about it. Please post your stories in the comments below or send a message through our contact us page.
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